Thomas Ruff: Interieurs

Inside the Renowned German Photographer's Showcase at Paris Photo 2012

Vintage furnishings and personal artifacts give an emotional charge to the poetically still domesticity in Thomas Ruff's Interieurs, a series shot from 1979 onwards in the dwellings of friends and family in his native Black Forest in Germany. These private scenes will feature in David Zwirner’s contribution to Paris Photo 2012, marking the leading New York gallery’s first appearance at the premium annual fair. Known for a perfectly composed documentary style that has come to dominate museums and sale-rooms alike, Ruff has turned his lens to subjects as diverse as internet pornography for Nudes and the night sky for Sterne, earning major shows at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Tate Liverpool. At Paris Photo, the year's primary event for enthusiasts on both sides on the camera, he will participate in a panel alongside mentor and legend Hilla Becher and MoMA curator Roxana Marcoci to discuss the continued influence of the famed Düsseldorf School of Photography, of which Ruff is an eminent graduate. “He is neutral in his approach,” says Justine Durrett, Director of Sales at David Zwirner, of Ruff's coveted oeuvre. “But at the same time you’re forced into people’s intimacy, and there’s an awkwardness and a discomfort that arises from that.” With Interieurs, the resulting images capture the palette and spirit of a peculiar moment in German culture, yet remain eerily resonant today. 

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